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Carretera de la Cabra (A-4050)

Located in the Mediterranean coast in the province of Granada, Spain, the A-4050 is one of the most scenic drives in the southern part of the country. Drive with care as this is a mountain road with hairpin curves. This is the old road from the coast to Granada city, locally named Carretera de la Cabra or The Goat's Path.

The road is 62.2 km long. It’s known locally as the Carretera de la Cabra (Mountain Goat Road). It links Almuñécar and Otura. There are sheer drops virtually along the entire route and enough hairpins to make a whirling dervish dizzy. In the past, the road was used by mule drivers taking fish from the coast to the markets in Granada city. Passing through some beautiful countryside – including kilometres of subtropical fruits and vegetation – the route is at the heart of Tropical Valley.

Its highest elevation is at 1.363m (4,471ft) above the sea level. This is an exquisite winding mountain drive with sharp and blind curves and hairpin switchbacks leading the traveler over the mountains. It's actually two lane although if you came across a large lorry you might want to slowdown or pull over, but that is unlikely. Nowadays, with the fast highway between Granada and the Costa Tropical, this road is almost in disuse and therefore ideal for cyclists!
A quick glance at the map at its sheer drops and serpentine twists and turns, confirms that this is no hype. Words can’t describe the road and pictures don’t do it justice. The most dramatic section of the road is where you go through a small tunnel and then the road hugs the side of the valley, which drops off steeply to your right.

 

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